Pam just had me update our massive, massively popular story about where to find mid mod sofas. We’re now up to: 240 affordable midcentury modern style sofas — from 33 companies. WOAH. After my eye-boggling update, Pam asked me to choose my 10 favorite sofa designs from our big list.
The couches I selected for this subjective top-10 list evoke what I would consider more of a timeless midcentury style — meaning they could work in the same room for 10, 15, even 20 years even as the rest of the room’s decor evolved. For that reason, I stuck with sofas with clean lines that were not overly ‘jazzy’ in addition to sofa styles and brands that seemed to get good reviews from customers and our readers alike. And final note: This is a list about aesthetics — we are not Consumer Reports, so we’re not assessing quality — and, the list is not in any particular order….
Younger Furniture has so many great options to choose from in their retro inspired Avenue 62 line. The Louie sofa above is one of their new models, which I love in the orange fabric shown. This midcentury modern style sofa has a classic shape with graceful curved legs to keep it from feeling too boxy — and would likely look great in a variety of midcentury or modern living rooms.
Another manufacturer that has a fabulous selection of midcentury modern sofas to choose from is Thrive Home Furnishings. I like their Jefferson sofa because of its clean lines, tapered midcentury style legs and single cushion, which means less ‘rearranging’ the sofa after that afternoon nap. This particular model comes in a rainbow of colors.
A relative new comer to the midcentury modern furniture marketplace, Joybird Furniture has so many neat styles and colors of sofas available that it was hard to pick a favorite. However their Worthy sofa struck me as a modern update of grandma’s couch — you know that one she’s had for 50 years and it still looks brand new that you wish could come live in your living room. With no loose cushions at all on this sofa, there will be little worry about losing your pocket change. The decorative tufting on the seat and back add some nice visual interest to this classic shape.
I’ve been ogling the Room & Board Reese sofa for years, and I tend to think it was one of the first midcentury modern style sofa offerings available when the style started to gain popularity about five years ago. The sleek lines of this couch make it easy on the eyes, and it is available in several sizes and also as a sectional to fit a variety of spaces and layouts.
Another option that I’ve been ogling for years now — the Crate and Barrel Petrie sofa — was also one of the first midcentury styles to hit the mainstream market. Like the Room & Board Reese sofa, the Petrie sofa comes in a variety of sizes and is available as a sectional.
Fans of vintage tuxedo couches will love the CB2 Club sofa. With its classic, straight lines and boxy shape, this couch would be a welcome addition to mod and modern living rooms alike. The club sofa is available in a 74″ model or the extra long 101″.
No list of midcentury sofas would be complete without the still-produced-today classic Margaret sofa from Heywood-Wakefield. A fantastic option for those in search of a sofa to complement their 1940s or 1950s decor, the Margaret Davenport can be customized with your own fabric — vintage or new — to create the vintage style sofa of your dreams.
The West Elm Crosby sofa has the same sleek styling and tapered legs as many of the other sofas profiled here, with a slight variation — back cushions that do not go all the way up to the back of the sofa. These back cushions walk the line between oversized sofa pillows and couch cushions, giving the sofa a cozy, friendly feel.
The Design Within Reach Bantam sofa is on the higher end of the price scale, but also has a noble design heritage. The sofas in the DWR Bantam collection are based on furniture by famed designer Edward J. Wormley. Streamlined, sleek and sexy, the Bantam sofa is sure to remain a classic for years to come.
We’ve heard many readers sing the praises of sofas from Rowe Furniture — a company that seems to continue to add more midcentury style sofas. My favorite of their offerings is the Kempner sofa, with its sleek lines, tapered wood legs and tufted back. Rowe offers hundreds of fabrics to customize their sofas, so whether you want a classic beige tweed or a vivid teal, they’ve got you covered.